Les Horvat features in US magazine – Photographer’s Forum

US magazine Photographer’s Forum http://pfmagazine.com is running a feature story about PSC Academic Director Les Horvat  in their current issue.

Images by Les Horvat

Read the feature article ‘Les Horvat An Australian Photographer’s Tale of Vietnam’

PSC Weekly Wrap

STUDENT: Leon Schoots, 3rd year full time Commercial
ASSIGNMENT: Cookbook Cover – 5×4
STUDENT COMMENT: This image was taken during a studio lighting class. The aim was to design and produce a cover image for a cookbook. The challenge however, was to capture the image on 5×4 Large Format transparency film. I chose this image because it combines many of my passions! Tradition, nostalgia and romanticism has played a major role in my work for the past couple of years and has been the driving force for my past two folios entitled “Field to Fork and “The Artisan Trades”.

Staff Picks – Beautiful Books

On Ugliness
Edited by Umberto Eco
Translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen
Maclehose Press Quercus London 2011

“Oh we’re so pretty
Oh so pretty
We’re vacant”
Sex Pistols 1977

It seems to me that through the ages humans are generally drawn to what is considered beautiful or aesthetically pleasing – especially in art.

The current obsession with repulsion in my own work has led me to ponder just why we consider some things to be ugly and unworthy. More and more I find myself rejecting vacuous beauty. The words of Johnny Rotten ring loud in my head.

On Ugliness exposes our curiosity with the ugly.

Umberto Eco attempts to reconstruct a history of ugliness by taking us on an incredible nightmare through the ages. All that is considered ugly is beautifully unraveled. Richly illustrated with madmen, demons, freaks and disturbing presences, this book is informative and highly thought provoking.

A fascinating read, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is over “the pretty”.

Sarina Lirosi

February 2012


2012 Linden Postcard Show

The Linden Postcard Show will open on 4 February 2012 with hundreds of small format contemporary art works by artists from all over Australia.

Music in the garden by Martin Martini. Awards will be announced at 1.30pm.

Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, 4 February 2012 – Saturday, 17 March 2012

Saturday 4th February

Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Friday 1pm-5pm
Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm

See http://www.lindenarts.org/


Young Australian Journalist of the Year

Have you produced an outstanding piece of journalism in the past year?  Don’t miss your chance to become the 2012 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year!

Entries for the prestigious 2012 Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards are now open!

The Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards recognise and reward emerging young Australian journalists and details of the 2012 Awards have been announced by the Walkley Foundation and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Who can apply? The awards are open to ALL Australian journalists aged 26 and under (on March 16, 2012), whether you’re employed full-time or freelance.

Are you in your final year at uni? You can enter too! But your work must have been published or broadcast through Australian media outlets between March 16, 2011 and Marc

The deadline for entries is 5pm Friday 16 March 2012.

For further information and to apply, visit the Awards website.



Orientation Day at PSC…

It was a great start to the new year at PSC!

The first years were welcomed by Director Communications & Students, Jenny Heron and were inspired by introductions and images from their first year teachers.

It was a wonderful atmosphere down in the PSC studio’s and all the new students were able to meet their fellow class mates and have an opportunity to share a bit about themselves.

Once again the first years were joined by second and third year students and teachers at the Orienation BBQ, and everyone enjoyed a delicuous feast!

After lunch the first year students had the opportunity to meet some PSC graduates who  shared their experiences of the course and their time at PSC!

See more photos from Orientation Day on the PSC Facebook page.

Head On Photo Festival 4 May-3 June 2012

Guess Who’s Coming to Town?

Among our very special guests at the festival in May will be Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey (curator of Burn Magazine) for the world premiere of his latest exhibition and to run an exclusive intensive 5 day workshop.

Website: www.headon.com.au/

Head On Photo Festival is Sydney’s major innovative showcase for Australian and international photography of all genres. It is the largest event of its kind in Australia and the second largest in the world.

Watch out for the full program coming soon. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive our newsletter.

Head On Portrait Prize

Head On Portrait Prize is the nation’s major innovative showcase for Australian portrait photography, reflecting a vibrant, diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices. It is one of the highlights of the Festival.

Win your share of approximately $50,000 worth of prizes.

Entries close 11th March 2012 11pm EST

Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the call for entries for the 2012 show

Trainspotting: Powerhouse Museum Photo Competition 2012

Entries are now being accepted for the Trainspotting: Powerhouse Museum Photo Competition 2012.

Now in its third year the Trainspotting competition attracts entrants, both amateur and professional, from around the world. From casual observers to avid railway photographers, the competition draws an impressive range of entries.

Trainspotting: the Powerhouse Museum International Photo Competition 2012 is proudly presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, commonly known as the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia.

Entries can be submitted online via the Powerhouse Museum group on Flickr or by post.

Hop to the official website for specific guidelines.

It’s free to enter.


Introducing Part Time 2012

What a great start to the new year!  Some of the new part time classes for this year are now underway and rapidly progressing in their photography creative development and technique. Already there’s  been lots of fun new skills learnt, plenty of laughter, many new friendships formed … and it’s still early days!

The new first year classes are learning fresh ways of seeing and how to ‘capture the moment’,  aspects of design, how to be creative with different genres and subjects and having lots of fun while  getting to know their cameras. Second year students are exploring ideas while melding and blending lighting in the studio to create some fabulous results. Whilst third year students are getting some hands on experience with industry interface sessions.

We are eagerly anticipating more new classes starting later in February and early March.  Talk about a photographer’s seventh heaven!

Check out more photos here.

PSC Weekly Wrap

STUDENT: Ash Vesali (final year) www.brideonline.com.au/vic/vesali
ASSIGNMENT: Commissioned for Wedding of Dyani & Rory
PUBLISHED: Vogue Italy online
STUDENT COMMENT: The Joy of Wedding photography….
On the day, I need to have my PJ, Art & Commercial photography hats on, and at the same time, be a choreographer & time keeper (p.s. I am still a commercial major by heart). I need to work hard for 12 hours and keep telling the bride how amazing she looks.
So, why would anyone want to become a wedding photographer?
My Answer. The joy of seeing them crying in happiness when they see the Album (yes! The Album, not the photos on CD) is priceless – I call it self-satisfaction. Then you get rewarded again and again, as others approach you, asking to capture their own story.